Mark Your Calendar


6 Undergraduate Payment deadline

14 International Graduate Student Orientation, 11:30 am, Pless Hall, 3rd Fl.

15 International Graduate Student Orientation, 3 pm, Pless Hall, 3rd Fl.

15, Business Boot Camp, pre-register 16 with the Wasserman Center

19-24 MLK Week at NYU

20 “LIVE” viewing of the Presidential Inauguration, 11 am-2 pm, Pless Hall, 1st Floor Lounge and Pless Hall, 3rd Floor Student Lounge

20 First day of Spring Classes

21 International Graduate Student Orientation, 12 pm, Pless Hall, 3rd Fl.

21 New Graduate Student Information Session, 4-5 pm, Pless Hall, 3rd Fl.

22 Conversations of Color, 12:30-1:30 pm, Pless Hall, 3rd Fl.

27 Summer Study Abroad Information Sessions for undergraduate and graduate students, 5:30-6:30 pm, Kimball Lounge, 1st Fl

27 Late fee for registration goes into effect for students registering for the first time

30 May 2009 graduation application Deadline


2 Last day for undergraduates students to register and/or drop add through ALBERT

4 Graduate Student Payment Deadline

5 FAFSA Financial Aid Workshop, 12:30-1:30 pm, Pless Hall, 3rd Fl. Student Lounge

5 Summer Study Abroad Information Sessions for undergraduate and graduate students, 5:30-6:30 pm, Kimball Lounge, 1st Fl.

9 Last day of graduate student to register and/or drop add through ALBERT

10 100 Nights Before Commencement, 4-6 pm, Rosenthal (10th Floor Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South)

11 Bagel Breakfast, 9 am-11 am, Pless Hall, 1st Fl.

12 Dean’s Grant for Student Research Information Session, 4-5 pm, Pless Hall, 3rd Fl.

13 Undergraduate Student Government (USG) 8th Annual Semi-Formal, 8 pm-12 midnight, Tavern on the Green

20 2009 Orientation Leader application deadline

23 Last day to file for the Pass/File option

26 Conversations of Color, 12:30-1:30 pm, Pless Hall, 3rd Fl.


3 Undergraduate Student Dean’s Hour, 12:30-1:45 pm, Pless Hall, 3rd Fl.

5 Graduate student Dean’s Hour, 4-5 pm, Pless Hall, 3rd Fl.

6 Deadline for Dean’s Grants for Student Research Applications

16- 21 Spring Recess

23 Last day to withdraw from classes

26 Conversations of Color, 12-1:30 pm, Pless Hall, 3rd Fl

Annual Steinhardt Semi-Formal

Fun and Dancing

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) 9th Annual Steinhardt Semi-Formal. Friday, February 13, 2009, 8 pm – 12 midnight, Tavern on the Green, a NYC landmark

Tickets are on sale @ Ticket Central for $48. (Limit 2 tickets per Steinhardt undergraduate). For more information visit or email

Welcome to Spring 2009 Semester…

Dear Undergraduate and Graduate Steinhardt Students,

Welcome to a new semester at NYU Steinhardt.

I hope you had a wonderful semester break, and that you found ways to renew your connections to your family and friends and to re-energize for the coming semester. The spring semester offers a new start — opportunities to engage with new professors, to confront and challenge new ideas and perspectives, to bring your own renewed sense of discovery and curiosity to the academic experience. For me, the start of a new semester has always been a time ripe with possibility and intellectual excitement.

We begin our semester with the weeklong celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. here at the University, and the notable inauguration of the 44th President of the United States.  You are welcome to stop by University and School viewing areas for the ceremony in Pless Hall, 1st Floor and 3rd Floor Lounges and/or Kimball Hall, 1st Floor Lounge. See

As the semester gets under way, I hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities we offer for academic and professional development. March 6th is the deadline for applying for Dean’s Grants for Student Research, which provides funds to support independent research at all levels of study. April 3rd is the deadline for applications for our Dean’s International Research Travel Colloquia for Undergraduates — a feature of our honors program — which provides opportunities for short-term study abroad under faculty leadership. More information is available at

For graduating seniors, this is a time for applying to graduate schools or exploring job possibilities. We know that you will be especially busy. (And don’t forget that honors and awards nominations are due prior to Spring Break — be sure to talk with your academic adviser if you are interested in being considered.) For graduating doctoral students, please remember that you need to file your dissertation for Spring orals by January 22nd.

Mark your calendars for these important graduation dates: Doctoral Convocation, May 8th , 3:00 p.m.; Baccalaureate Celebration, May 11th, 11:30 p.m.; Valedictory Celebration, May 11th, 3:30 p.m.; University Commencement Exercises, Wednesday, May 13th, 9:00 a.m. See

Steinhardt’s Office of Student Affairs offers resources to help you with study skills and time management as well as with personal and professional issues and concerns. The staff are skilled, knowledgeable and happy to talk with you when you want to chat. You’ll find them on the 2nd floor of Pless Hall at 82 Washington Square East. You can stop by or call for an appointment at 212-998-5065. Your departmental advisors, too, play an important role in your academic experience, and you should feel free to stay in touch with them.

Wishing you the best for a productive and creative spring semester,

Dean Mary Brabeck

Important Dates for Spring 2009: Drop/Add, Refunds, Ws on Transcript

Dropping and Adding Classes:

If you are an undergraduate student at NYU Steinhardt, you can drop and add classes on Albert until midnight on Monday, February 2nd. If you are a graduate student, you can drop and add classes on Albert until midnight on Monday, February 9th. After these dates you must see your academic advisor to obtain a signed drop/add form, bring it to the Student Affairs Department at Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East, 2nd Floor, for an approval signature and finally, take it to the Registrar at 25 West 4th Street.

You will receive a W on your transcript if you do not drop a class by midnight, Monday, February 9. A W on your transcript indicates that you officially withdrew from a class.

Refund Schedule for Dropping Classes:

Tuesday, January 20: Last day to drop classes and receive 100% tuition and fees refund.

Monday, January 26: Last day to drop classes and receive 100% tuition refund.

Monday, February 2: Last day to drop classes and receive 70% tuition refund.

Monday, February 9: Last day to drop classes and receive 55% tuition refund.

Monday, February 16: Last day to drop classes and receive 25% tuition refund.

After February 16, no refunds are given.

Welcome, New Steinhardt International Graduate Students Spring 2009

Please remember to . . .

  • Check in with OISS at 561 La Guardia Place

  • Contact the American Language Institute (ALI) to make an appointment for an evaluation if English is your second language or if you did not graduate from a college or university where English was the primary language of instruction. ALI is located at 48 Cooper Square, Room 200 and the telephone number is (212) 998-7040.

  • Attend one of the following New International Graduate Student Information Sessions (required pre-advisement in order to register) in addition to your departmental orientation:

Wednesday, January 14th at 11:30 am

Thursday, January 15th at 3:00 pm

Info sessions are held in the 3rd floor Student Lounge, Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East. Bring your letter of acceptance as well as your evaluation report from ALI. You will receive information about student services, university resources, the New International Graduate Student Seminar (E03.2003) as well as meet with a staff member to discuss your ALI report.

  • Register for E03.2003, New International Graduate Student Seminar

All NYU Steinhardt New International Graduate Students are required to take the New International Graduate Student Seminar (E03.2003) during their first semester of study. Please enroll yourself in one of the sections.  New International Graduate Student Seminar will not meet the first week of classes, 1/20 – 1/26.

Holiday Treats and Study Breaks

At this very busy time of year the Office of Counseling & Student Services invites you to join us at one or all of the following events:

Bagel Breakfast

Thursday, December 11   9 am – 10:30 am


Tea & Empathy Study Break

Tuesday, December 16   2 pm – 4 pm


Wednesday, December 17   9 am – 11 am

Get togethers will take place in Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East, 1st floor.


Take a study break, get off to a good start with breakfast, or just stop by to

celebrate the holiday season and to see your friends at the end of the semester.


We look forward to seeing you!  And, if you are unable to make it, the staff in the Office of Counseling & Student Services,

wishes you the best of luck on your finals and a healthy and restful holiday season.


Happy Holidays,

Associate Dean Patricia Carey

Jeanne Bannon, Director

Doris Alcivar, Student Services Counselor

Jessica Walker, Student Services Counselor

Margaret Bailey, LCSW, New York University Student Health Center

Jody Clark Vaisman, Graduate Assistant

Christina Chala, Graduate Intern

SHC Self-Improvement Classes & Group Counseling

When you’re preparing your schedule for the Spring semester, you may want to schedule a little ‘me’ time. The Student Health Center sponsors an on-going series of Self-Improvement Classes (for example, Stress Clinics, Time Management, Life Skills) as well Group Counseling Sessions (Making Peace with Food and Recognizing Your Social Potential are just two of many). Click here to see the full schedule.

International Education Week

Want to increase your global IQ?
Interested in attending dozens of free events on campus?

Celebrate the spirit of International Education Week (IEW) throughout November!  Take advantage of the many ways that NYU infuses a global perspective into academic and co-curricular programs. 

IEW is an annual initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote international exchange and foster greater global awareness.  Although IEW is from Monday, November 17- Friday, November 21, 2008,  NYU celebrates this initiative throughout the month of November.

See the complete calendar of over 35 events at

Highlights include:

IEW Photography Exhibit: What is Home?
Monday, November 10 – Friday, November 21
8 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily
Location: On display in Kimmel Center Commuter Lounge, 2nd Floor FREE

This annual exhibit features thirty poignant images taken by NYU students and staff members, celebrating the unique notion of what home means to them.

IEW Performance: Chris Southgate
Thursday, November 20,  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Manhattan Theatre Source, 177 MacDougal Street (between 8th Street and Waverly Place) FREE

English poet Dr. Christopher Southgate reads from his new dramatic work, T.S. Eliot and the Women. Sponsored by the OISS in collaboration with Ground Up Productions.

IEW Panel, Film Screening and Live Performance: African Underground:
Democracy in Dakar
Thursday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Kimmel Center Eisner and Lubin Auditorium on 4th floor FREE – Advance Reservation Required at

Join the OISS and The Center for a screening of this film following rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal, which examines hip-hop’s role on the political process. Originally shot as a seven part documentary mini-series released via the internet, the documentary bridges the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film and explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process.

Movie: Arranged
Thursday, November 20, 2008, 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Location: 246 Greene Street, Kimball Hall, 3rd floor FREE

Two young women, an Orthodox Jew, and a Muslim, meet and become friends as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common, not least of which is that they are in arranged marriages. This event is sponsored by the Steinhardt International Education Forum and the Office for International Students and Scholars. Send email to or via facebook

Items from Ten Thousand Villages, one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations will be sold from 7 p.m. until the movie’s beginning.

IEW is coordinated by the Office for International Students and Scholars with over 15 sponsoring organizations and offices. If you have any questions, please email or go to

From the Associate Dean for Student Affairs

November marks the time in the semester for you to meet with your advisor to plan your spring schedule, and perhaps winter session. It may also be time to review progress toward completion of requirements for your master’s or doctoral degree. In meeting with your advisor, the expectation is that you are an active participant, fully aware of the policies and procedures that guide your study and your next steps. Advisement is a right; it is also a responsibility, and works best when both you and your advisor work in partnership throughout the advisement process. Visit

As you go forward with your planning, take advantage of the opportunities you can include in your academic experience. Consider NYU Study Abroad and/or Steinhardt Study Abroad, Apply for a Dean’s Grant for Student Research or a Pre-Doctoral Summer Research Grant, The next edition of Student Matters will be published in January. In the meantime, mark your calendars for the all-University weeklong celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. starting January 19th. Spring semester classes begin on the 20th—so the week will be very busy. Best wishes for the remainder of the semester. Let us be helpful at or come see us in Pless Hall, 2nd Floor.

Patricia M. Carey

Register Early — Don’t Get Closed Out of Classes

Monday, November 17th Albert opens to students for class registration, by appointment. Undergraduate students who have not received an appointment date, please call the University Registrar at 212 998 4290. Graduate students may also register for the spring semester beginning Monday, November 17. You may log into Albert from